"He likes to make people laugh, and everybody likes to listen him talk to laugh at his face. He was scared when he saw me, he wasn't expecting for this surprise. He came to shake my hand. He's a clown. He saw me and became scared. With his pants torn, embarrassing himself. He's sh-t. I like to laugh, and he makes me laugh. I see him as nothing. F--k, this guy got beat up. (Mendes) was on vacation, fishing. He looked like a turtle. I felt sorry. Has (McGregor) ever heard about jiu-jitsu and wrestling in his life? He actually believes the things he says and laughs at himself. F--k, he's nothing."
Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) "Go Big" press conference (view the replay and excerpts here and here) quickly turned into the "Conor McGregor experience" yesterday (Fri. Sept. 4, 2015).
After answering questions regarding his potential move to the Lightweight division, as well as some jawing with numerous enemies like Rafael dos Anjos, Donald Cerrone and Chad Mendes, "The Notorious" got to slandering -- and then got in the face -- of Featherweight champion Jose Aldo, which naturally came after the above vitriol from the latter.
Perhaps some payback for this belt-napping incident.
Now we know one-half of the story behind this intense staredown on the set of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 22. McGregor coaches opposite his pal Urijah Faber on the latest TUF season (full cast here), which premiers this Wednesday (Sept. 9, 2015) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
The 27-year-old McGregor will tangle with "Junior" at the blockbuster UFC 194 pay-per-view (PPV) on Sat. Dec. 12, 2015, as part of a trifecta of UFC events in three days.
For more on the UFC 194: 'Aldo vs. McGregor' fight card, click here.